This is not a bad thing.
So the post-novel ennui is ebbing, right on schedule, because as of today, I find myself running my fingers through my unfinished short stories and gloating over how cool they're going to be. I'm excited by them all, and can't wait to finish a few. I keep scribbling down ideas or a few sentences in their various files, poking at them, reading the bits I have and being happy.
It hasn't cleared up entirely yet, because none of them has provided me with the satisfying click of completeness--okay, you can write me now!--in a while. But we're grooming each other, we are. And it's only a matter of time.
This is an uncomfortable stage, though--because I want to be working, but it's not ripe yet. But oh, have I got the figets. I need to finish some stuff!
And I had a nifty idea for Steles of the Sky (which appears to be getting to keep its title, minus the direct article--which means I need to come up with matching titles for the other two books and a series title sooner or later) and I think I will need to write an outline or something before too long, because it is the sort of book that is asking for an outline.
I love this feeling. I feel unstuck, and like my mojo is working, for the first time since mid-2007. (Apparently my mojo has been working, mind you, based on the opinions of other people--but that's not the same thing as feeling it, feeling relaxed and confident about the stories and their worth.) I'm actually enjoying writing.
I can keep this for a while, please?
In rough order of when I need them done--
Finish "Spell 81a" -- Next week
Revise A Reckoning of Men -- August 1
Proposal for Seed (If I am clever, this could be a novella.)
Proposal for REZ (If I am clever, this could be a novella.)
"Underground" (New Amsterdam short)
"Möbius Heart" (novella)
Steles of the Sky
Periastron (previously known as the untitled space opera story)
The Shaded King (novella)
Ad Eternum (New Amsterdam novella)
"Marie la Noire" (New Amsterdam short)
"Form and Void" (previously known as the untitled cyberdragon story)
"Patience & Fortitude"
"The Slaughtered Lamb"
"The Death of Terrestrial Radio"
"On Safari in R'lyeh and Carcosa with Gun and Camera"
"Something's Gotta Eat T. rexes."
i'm gonna write you a letter on a dusty boxcar wall